Monte Rosa Haute Route
Price :From 1155 €
Physical Condition :
Technical level :
Group :From 4 to 4 personnes
Duration :5 jours
Close to Zermatt and the vast Gornergletscher glacier, the Monte Rosa group comprises 18 peaks above 12,000 feet. During this altitude tour, you will climb 10 of these peaks, and you will sleep one night in the highest hut of Europe, Margerita Hut on top of SignalKuppe, 14,940 feet asl. To add speed to safety throughout the ascents of this course, we post one mountain guide for four climbers. Two roped parties will be set up for each ascent of the programme : two climbers will be roped up with the Mountain Guide, and two climbers will form an autonomous roped party, getting technical advices and training from the Mountain Guide.
Meeting point in Chamonix, transfer in the Guide's car to Gressonney valley, lifts and footpath up to Quintino Sella hut / Castor (13,870 feet), Peak Felik (13,700 feet), Quintino Sella hut / Paso of Lyskamm (13,451 feet), Naso of Lyskamm (14,015 feet), Pyramid Vincent (13,828 feet), Gnifetti hut / Balmenhorn (13,759 feet), Ludwigshöhe (14,241 feet), Parrotspitze (14,540 feet), Margerita hut on top of Signalkuppe (14,940 feet) / Zumsteinspitze (14,970 feet), descent to Gressonney, transfer and separation in Chamonix by
* The price includes: - guiding by a Mountain Guide, and all his expenses (food, lodgings, transfers) - the following group equipment: radio linked to the relief organization, first-aid kit, survival blanket, ropes, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter - the loan of a mountaineering harness - the free roundtrip transfer from Chamonix to Gressonney - the reservation of the places in the mountain huts - lodging and half-board in the mountain huts during four nights (dinner and breakfast are prepared and served by the hut-keepers) - when leaving in the morning, one liter of tea for your thermos bottle offered by the hutkeepers at Gnifetti hut and Margherita hut * The price does not include: - optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE - your lunchs - your drinks in the huts - your personal expenses - additional transfers related to a modification of the programme - generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph " the price includes "
During this programme, Le Pays d'En Haut will loan you freely a mountaineering sit-harness. Please, take care of this safety equipment, and, when you do not use it, store it in your mountaineering backpack. You can rent in any sports shop in Chamonix the following technical equipment: mountaineering shoes, ice axe, crampons. Ask the shop assistant to show you how to put on your crampons, and ask him to adjust them perfectly to your shoes. Caution: please, respect exactly this list of equipment : there are significant risks of frosts or accidents due to unsufficient equipements above the height of 4000 meters (13000 feet). ___________________________________________________ Your clothes : * for your head : - a scarf - a balaclava or a high quality woollen hat - a cap for the sun - a pair of high quality sun glasses - goggles * for your upper body : - warm underclothing (wool, or light polar fur) - a warm long sleeve shirt: on a glacier, the underarms must be protected from the sun rays - a thick and warm polar fur, or a high quality pullover sweater, or a down jacket - to protect you from the wind or from bad weather : a Goretex mountaineering jacket, also protecting your head (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket) * for your legs : - warm sports skin-tights - light cotton mountaineering trousers (to wear in a hut, or while walking on the footpaths) - windproof and waterproof Goretex trousers (you may use high quality windproof and waterproof skiing trousers) * for your feet : - two pairs of woollen socks, a pair of cotton socks - a pair of mountaineering gaiters * for your hands : - a pair of silk undergloves - a pair of high quality mountaineering gloves (you may use high quality skiing gloves), waterproof and windproof, designed to endure a temperature of - 15 Fahrenheit degrees - a pair of Goretex or waterproof mitts ___________________________________________________ In your mountaineering backpack : - additional underwear, and an additional pair of woollen socks - a few toilet paper sheets - tooth paste, tooth brush, light razor - large plastic bags to store your clothes in your bag pack in case of rain (no backpack is perfectly hermetic) - a very light LED Head Lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your head lamp, and bring with you an additional battery. - to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets. Bring a silk sheet. - a water bottle ( 1.5 liter minimum ), light, isothermal (thermos) - your snacks - a pocket knife - sun cream, lipstick - medicines : "Compeed" to prevent blisters, Aspirins, eye-drop lotion, earplugs (many people snore in the huts !), personal drugs, elastic adhesive wrap (3-Cut tape) - a survival blanket (made of aluminium) - a hermetic bag containing : your passport, Euros (for your drinks in the huts; most of the huts do not accept Visa or American Express Cards), your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide ) - camera, memory cards and batteries, films ___________________________________________________ Technical equipment : - a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 50 and 60 liters. For your comfort, your backpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it, and small straps on its back to fix your ice-axe when you will be walking on footpaths. - a light ice axe (length between 60 and 70 cms). Do not choose a technical ice axe, choose a ice axe designed for beginners. - a pair of walking sticks - a pair of crampons with automatic bindings. Your crampons must be perfectly adjusted to your shoes (this is the job of your shop-assistant). Choose crampons of category C 2 : semi-flexible crampons that can be used for both walking and climbing at harder grades, suitable for most alpine routes. Your crampons must imperatively be equipped with "Anti-balling plates" (plastic sheets placed under the crampons, in contact with the snow when you walk and climb). These "Anti-balling plates" will prevent the wet snow from sticking to your crampons, and will avoid accidents due to this hoof of wet snow covering the pins of the crampons, transforming them into skis ... All the good mountain sports shops hire only crampons with "Anti-balling plates". - a pair of mountaineering boots , with Vibram stiff soles. We advise you to test your boots before your training course, and to protect the zones of friction on your feet with "Compeed". Choose boots of category B 2 : stiff 4-season boots with a supportive upper, having facility for heel clip bindings to be fitted. Boots designed for hiking, even expensive hiking boots are inefficient and dangerous when climbing or walking on glaciers. A participant in this training course not equipped with mountaineering boots, or not equipped with "Anti-balling plates" on his crampons will not be authorized to follow the course. In this event, no refund will be made by Le Pays d'En Haut.
4 days in moutain huts, in dormitories. Hot shower at Gnifetti hut.
You have soon practised mountaineering during one week, walking and climbing with crampons, or you soon have climbed the Mont-Blanc with us. You apply correctly the basic techniques with crampons on easy ascents, descents and crossings. You practise twice a week either running, biking or swimming. During the three months before this training course, you must either run 30 minutes 3 times a week, bike 3 hours 2 times a week, or walk through the hills 8 hours each week-end.